Upton Snodsbury First School is working towards the prestigious Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England’s Award for schools who champion The Arts and value their contribution throughout the school curriculum. The Arts include Art, Design and Technology, Music and Drama and Creative Writing. The Arts is at the heart of our school and you will find below what life at Upton Snodsbury looks like.
Virtual West End Workshop - Whole School - March 2021
During our careers week, we explored creative art jobs and were lucky to have the wonderful actress Holly Dale
Spencer. Holly has been Mrs Wormwood in Matilda in the West End. We all had so much fun participating in the
West End Matilda workshop. We were taught a dance from the song 'Revolting Children' and had the opportunity
to ask Holly some questions about her career. You will find a video below of KS1's final dance and questions.
Virtual Arts Afternoon - Whole School - January 2021
Home learning will not stop us from being creative! On a day where we had planned a morning of Art
activities to help us with our artistic skills, we decided to continue this but from the comfort of our own
homes for those working from home and in school for our key worker children. We can't wait to get all the
artwork together for our display.
Reception and Year 1
In KS1, we had lots of fun being artistic through our topic theme of fairy tales. The children had the opportunity
to print using different objects from home, this could be done on a castle or a gingerbread house. They could
then sketch a forest scene by following guidance from an artist online.
Year 1 and 2
Year 3 and 4
For art’s afternoon, Y3/4 focused on Egyptian arts and crafts. The children made some beautiful Egyptian
jewellery. Some children designed their own death masks and we even had cat masks. The children used
a range or resources they had at home, such a s paint, foil, gems, pencils and card. I was very impressed
with their creativity!
KS1 and KS2 school bubble
Arts Morning - Self Portraits - Whole School - October 2020
Arts Morning was a bit different to our usual plans of mixed age groups and moving around the
classroom, due to covid-19. But that didn't stop us having fun! We were still about have a fantastic
morning, by staying in our classrooms and sharing our ideas and skills with our peers. We then shared
our artwork the following morning on zoom with the rest of the school and Miss Jones.
Reception and Year 1
In Reception and Year 1 we had a fab time learning how to put the features of the face in the correct
place so that it looked realistic and true to life. We started by sketching the shape of the face and then
used guidelines to help sketch in the features. Next we studied a picture of ourselves to make sure we
chose the right hair and eye colour for our portraits. We finished in Year 1 by using pastels to create our
portraits and in Reception we used paint.
Year 1 and 2
During Arts Morning we focused first on looking at the individual features on the face and the shapes
which made these. The children tried really hard to look at the features and draw what they could really
see, this is an area which we can develop further as well. The children then used the skills they had
learned to draw a self-portrait which they found more difficult. Support was given to ensure the face
was large enough to fill most of the page and children were reminded about using the shapes for the
features. Many reverted to drawing from memory so there was quite a lot of rubbing out! Colouring the
image once photocopied was found to be much easier but again the children needed reminders to look
at their photos for the range of different colours rather than colouring from memory.
Year 3 and 4
Year 3/4 enjoyed looking more closely at their faces. We began by looking back at work we had created
on self portraits and discussed how we were going to improve them. We then looked at our main facial
features one by one and examined different techniques about how they could be drawn. We then had
several attempts at drawing them. After each attempt, we discussed with our learning partner what we
had done well on and what could be improved. It was amazing how much this discussion improved our
work. After we were more confident with drawing the different elements, we had a photograph with a grid
on and paper with a grid. We used this to lay out our face accurately. Once sketched with a range of
sketching pencils, we used an art pen to draw the final outline. Finally, we got to choose which medium
we wanted to work with. Many of us chose watercolours and enjoyed mixing the different colours, some
chose crayons and some did a mixture of both. We are extremely proud of our self portraits and all think
that they are the best that we have ever done!
Malvern Hills - Year 3 and 4 - September 2020
We acted out on the Malvern hills what it would have been like for the Roman soldiers trying to get up
the ramparts to the Celts. We also recreated a battle. We took part in activities where we had to be
aware of other people and what we could do to help each other. And we discussed the importance of
voicing how we felt.
Arts & Reading Week - Whole School - March 2020
This year the whole school participated in activities around the same book; 'Handa's Suprise' by Eileen
Browne. The children did some African art, dressed up as something inspired from 'Handa's Surprise',
explored and held a range of tropical animals and had an African workshop. We had some visitors come
to our school to start off our week to explore African culture. To do this we took part in African dancing,
played African drums and created some traditional masks.
Christmas Nativity - Whole School - December 2019
We always look forward to our school nativity as it is such a special time for the children, their family,
staff and the community. This year R/1 told the story of 'The Bossy King'. Our amazing choir welcomed
our audience by singing away in a manger. We had acting, narrating and dancing ran by R/1 and the
whole school sang. It was made even more memorable by Honey and Anna-Rose who sung a solo
beautifully with so much confidence. Our 3/4's did a fantastic job playing percussion to all of our songs.
What a memorable performance.
Arts Morning with Hayley Reynolds - Whole School - November 2019
We were so lucky to have a local artist come to school last week. Hayley lives in Pershore and is known
for using different mediums in her artwork such as water colour paints and plaster with acrylic paint.
You may recognise Hayley from the Confetti fields. Hayley taught us how to use water colours by
creating two simple parts of our art pictures such a flowers and leaves. Hayley was inspirational and
made us all feel great at art as she highlighted the importance of our own style. Our artwork can be
found on Hayley's website. Please feel free to come and look at our amazing artwork in our school
William Morris and Lowry - Year 3 and 4 - October 2019
As part of our Victorian topic we looked at the Victorian artists William Morris and Lowry. We discovered
that artists can represent things in a very different way and how their Art work is influenced by what is
happening around them. We saw that Lowry focused on industrialisation while Morris wanted to bring
nature inside their houses due to this rise in factories and more people moving to cities. We also learnt
that it is a lot harder than we thought to print as we need to ensure our designs are big enough and that
details are not too small on the printing tile. We have a lot more respect for William Morris now. We also
saw that Lowry's pictures may seem simplistic with his match stalk cats and dogs but they are very
difficult to recreate.
Andy Goldsworthy in Forest School - EYFS/KS1 - October 2019
KS1 created Andy Goldsworthy inspired art out of natural materials during Forest School. Year 2
developed their ideas further by adding contrasting colours and swirls similar to Andy Goldsworthy.
Arts Morning - Story of Creation - Whole School - October 2019
For arts morning we started by hearing the wonderful story of Creation from the bible. From this we
were split into mixed groups and learnt four new skills to represent each day that God created. For the
sea and sky we learnt how to paint and create our tints and tones of blue. For the land and earth, we
used different materials to collage trees and plants. We showed Day and Night by creating the sun and
moon by blending with chalk and pastels. Then we learnt how to draw sea and sky creatures using oil
Music Mark Award - September 2020
We have been nominated by Severn Arts to
become a Music Mark school for the 2020/21
academic year. The value that we place on
music and our commitment to a broad and
balanced curriculum has been recognised, and
as a result, we have received a certificate to
share with our whole school community.
Stone Age Artwork - Year 3 and 4 -
As part of our Stone Age topic we looked at
Cave paintings. Because of these, historians
were able to work out what life used to be like in
prehistoric times. From this, we decided to use
the Stone Age cave painting style but do modern
Colour Mixing - Year 1 and 2 -
In Year 1/2 we have been working lots with
paints, mixing the secondary colours on a colour
wheel, mixing different browns to paint images
of conkers and mixing tints and tones of different
colours to create a colour ladder. We have also
practised some pencil drawings of conkers and
their shells, again focusing on the shapes we
can see and not just a circle.
Arts African Week Display - Whole School
We usually invite parents and family to come
and view our art work displayed in the library.
But due to Covid-19, please share and celebrate
our artwork displays below.
St Kenelm's Tree Festival - Whole School
The children were asked to draw a picture or
bring in a photograph of what Christmas means
to them. This has then formed our Christmas
Tree display. You are able to visit St Kenelm’s
Church over the weekend to see what your
children have created.
Christmas Crafts - Whole School -
The children enjoyed making some DT based
Christmas presents this week. They spent the
whole day in a mixed group of ages doing a
carousel of activities.
Diwali Dancing-Whole School-
The children learnt about the Hindu celebration,
Diwali. The West End returned to our school to
run a dance workshop and teach us traditional
Diwali dancing. It was so much fun!
Meet our choir
Our choir ranges from Year 1 - Year 4. We have
chosen to do choir so that we can learn new
songs and teach our friends. The first few weeks
we were practising harvest songs and we have
now been learning Mercy by Duffy.
Collaging - Year 2 - October 2019
In Year 2 we have been practising our collaging
skills to produce a series of collages to show
the different stages of the wheat cycle. The
children enjoyed using a full range of materials
including real maize, which they used not only
for the picture itself but to create a 3D effect.
Cutting skills were honed as also ripping, tearing
and scrunching to produce different effects.
Theatre - Whole School - July 2019
We went to see Joseph and the Amazing
Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Hippodrome
Theatre in Birmingham.
Anna in Year 3 said "I thought the songs were
fun and I can't wait to sing them in choir."
Martha in Reception said "It was my first time at
a theatre and I loved it so much."